I can teach you. But please note that irc is an addictive protocol, much more so then random forums are. I'd basically be teaching you how to place a tourniquet, find a vain, and shoot up. Continue at your own risk.
Besides the friendly warning, there are some things you should probably read:https://www.hackthissite.org/pages/irc/reference.phphttps://www.hackthissite.org/articles/read/805
If you use our irc network you'll ip will automatically be masked. Not all networks do this though, but we have a policy of not giving out users ip's.
There is very little you can do to actually mess anything up from an irc client. Or I should say, it depends on the client.. but basically the only way to do something horribly wrong is to be tricked into issuing some obscure command in the same way that you can be tricked to format your c drive when using cmd. Which reminds me, you should probably at some point pick a real irc client to use. (I'd advice xchat or mirc)
Things you'll have to learn for efficient irc use(in order):-Learn to deal with trolls.
IRC is not as friendly or nice as the forums are. Its a higher pace and because of that it is often a meaner place. Stand your ground and don't let anyone trick you into saying something stupid.(trolls feed on weakness, stupidity and butthurt. Do not feed the trolls)-Basic etiquette.
There are written and unwritten rules on irc. Some of these are: Do not pm without permission, do NOT ever use DCC chat unless if this person is your lover, do not use automated/scripted replies, no all caps, write out your words in full(no: asl? how R u?), do not bore people with every little detail of what you are doing(no one cares that you have to poop, just go), be patient(most people aren't glued to their screen except during an interesting conversation, life goes on and they'll reply to you when they damn well feel like it).-Register your nickname
By default irc operates on the use it or lose it way of life. A name or a channel is only yours if you had it first and you actually use it. However, you can register your name so it stays your forever(we'll take it back if you don't use it for 30 days or so). Failure to do this means everyone who wants to take your name while you're gone and register it has every right to do so and gets the pleasure of kicking you off the network every time you attempt to use it.-Learn the terminology and commands
Most of this is covered in the links at the top.
Knowing the modes helps, but you mostly need to know that a +b is a ban, and a -b is an unban.
Channels are run by an op or several ops(they have mode +o, you'll notice them having an @ before their name in the nicklist or whatever sign your client wants to use)
A server is run by an oper or ircop(note how both of these are basically operators, but on a totally different level)
There are different kinds of ops and different kinds of opers, but you really shouldn't be concerned with that for now. It all comes down to this: they've been given some sort of status symbol and can possibly get rid of bad users.
If you stick to the commands mentioned at the top and these tips then there is absolutely nothing that can go wrong. You'll learn more along the way until irc has no more secrets for you.